With free agency less than a week away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still operating with an incomplete front office. Despite offering a reported five-year contract for the position of President of Basketball Operations to Chauncey Billups, the Cavs still have not received a response.
Considering the team would still need to hire a general manager if Billups does accept the job and no plan B has been publicly discussed, this is starting to get concerning.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that talks are still ongoing:
Sources: Talks between Cleveland and Chauncey Billups for President of Basketball Ops job still ongoing, no immediate resolution expected.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 25, 2017
If I am interpreting this right, there is some new information in this tweet as it sounds like there are still discussions taking place. If this is the case, whether or not Billups takes the job may be contingent on some unresolved factors.
It’s been reported that the comfort Billups has with his current lifestyle has been the main source of his trepidation. However if discussions are still occurring, then perhaps there may be concerns regarding job security, the amount of control he’d receive, or other factors.
The fact no other names have surfaced may mean that both sides aren’t far away from an agreement, or that the Cavs simply haven’t come up with a contingency plan in case Billups decides against taking the job. While the former is probably the more likely option, the lack of information is still unnerving.